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Starch Insanity 2024 Bracket

A five-year anniversary is an enormous deal. Some individuals exit to dinner. Others reward one another wooden. At Severe Eats, we sit in a room and argue about whether or not we should always troll our readers by placing a scorching canine in a sandwich bracket.

As a result of this, expensive readers, is the fifth 12 months of Starch Insanity and we have to BLOW IT ALL THE WAY OUT. Even when meaning making a few of you just a bit bit indignant.

If that is your first Starch Insanity, welcome! We’re so thrilled you are right here. It is our favourite time of 12 months during which we create an NCAA-style bracket of recipes centered round a singular starch and current two weeks of carb-focused voting enjoyable. After two years of pasta-related competition, one spud-tastic go-around, and final 12 months’s rice shenanigans, Starch Insanity’s fifth anniversary version will crown The Final Sandwich, and whether or not it is an upset, an outrage, or a foregone conclusion is fully as much as you. 

Now we have 64 contenders. Some are classics, some are underdogs, and one—we refuse to apologize—is a scorching canine. This time, the starch is the sandwich

So let’s discuss sandwiches. The definition of 1 has oft been debated however can by no means actually be settled. We landed on the next: Any meals held between two items of bread or nestled in a cut up bun connected at one hinge. Can we defend this definition in opposition to any and all scrutiny? In fact not! However that does not cease us from standing by it whole-heartedly, not borne of any actual conviction however just because that is the enjoyable of a bracket—to proceed with totally undeserved certitude about one thing as arbitrary as which “sandwich” is the “greatest” on this planet. No matter these phrases in quotes might imply.

Oh, oh, and—completely happy anniversary! We have an excellent factor going and are already eager about subsequent 12 months. This is the promise: You deliver the iron, we’ll deliver the starch.

Easy methods to Vote

Preserve an eye fixed each right here and on our Instagram web page for voting bulletins. The competitors begins on Monday, 3/18, and voting will occur each on our Instagram tales (@seriouseats) and on this web page mixed. Daily of voting, the latest pairs of match-ups will debut at 10 a.m. EST.

At the moment, you’ll get one set of votes per day on this web page and one set of votes over on IG. You’ll have 23 hours to contribute your votes. We’ll take the in-between hour to tally them and produce you (1) the following spherical of voting and (2) updates on newly minted winners.

So print and fill out a bracket, submit an image of it on Instagram and tag us. Take your debates to group chats and our feedback sections, plot out your greatest makes an attempt to skew the outcomes, and ensure to have enjoyable. Oh, and vote. None of it issues for those who don’t vote. 


The Higher Crust


Nice in Bread


Born & Bread


No Ache, No Grain

How We Selected the Recipes

We imposed guidelines to slender down our alternatives. Per the aforementioned definition, open-faced sandwiches had been banned instantly, partly on the completely unimpeachable grounds that we might then be compelled to open the bracket as much as pizza. Sizzling canine had been included as a result of they’re virtually at all times served on a cut up bun connected at one hinge…and likewise as a result of one of the best ways to get a contest going is to piss individuals off.

With these two most vital selections behind us, we turned to our current catalog of recipes, dusted off some older-but-stronger contenders, drafted an inventory of sandwich recipes we in some way didn’t have already got (how had we gone this lengthy with no bacon, egg, and cheese??), and created new contenders from there.

The query repeatedly requested throughout the course of was, However! is! it! a! sandwich!? This was notably contentious when the query of bagel sandwiches got here up. Not as a result of a bagel sandwich is not a sandwich—it’s!—however whether or not (in line with at the least one Brooklyn-born, bagel-raised staffer) anybody who stoops so low as to make a sandwich out of a bagel has any proper figuring out something in any respect about this bracket.  The query of cookie sandwiches like Oreos was equally resolved within the adverse, as a result of a few of us can by no means have good issues.

How the Bracket Works

Once more, we mannequin our event after the NCAA’s March Insanity. As soon as we’ve obtained the 64 qualifiers, we divide them into 4 areas. Every area accommodates 16 notable sandwiches, seeded 1 via 16. Meaning there are 4 number-one seeds, 4 number-two seeds, and so forth and so forth. 

As for the seeding, we slotted a bunch of heavy-hitters in opposition to one another and staggered underdogs all through with the goal of making suspense; our #1 seeds are a mix of a few of our longest-standing top-performing sandwiches and ones we suspect will go far primarily based on general recognition in the USA.

Let’s be clear: A voting bracket is in its very nature a recognition contest. Winners will not be essentially one of the best, they’re simply the most well-liked amongst these voting. Which means that a number of very deserving however lesser recognized sandwiches—particularly some worldwide ones—can have an obstacle in opposition to issues like, you already know, grilled cheese. Which is to say, for those who all make one thing as vanilla as grilled cheese the winner, that is on you. (No hate in opposition to grilled cheese! We love an excellent grilled cheese!)

Each spherical of voting will see the competitors lower in half. The stakes are as excessive as you need to make them, of us, and one of the best half is that you just’ll be calling the photographs.

If you happen to’re not happy with the outcomes of the final spherical? Don’t get mad. Get…leaven. (We’re not not cringing, however that’s a part of the enjoyable.)

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